How do you save your various web links you find every day?
October 8, 2011 8:20 AM   Subscribe

How do you save your various web links you find every day from Google Reader and Twitter for the long term?

Every day on Twitter and Google Reader, I find great links to either music, recipes, websites or articles. Sometimes I read them immediately. Other times either want to read later or save it because it's so great.

I'm trying to figure out the best system to save these. Currently, I'm favoriting these items, and then when I remember (like today) I spend a few hours going over things I forgot about. I feel like my system is flawed. I do use instapaper, and that's great for articles, but not necessarily so great for saving music, websites, and recipe links. And Instapaper feels like a short term solution for me, but not so much long term. To give you an idea, in Google Reader I have over 500 posts either tagged or starred to save for later, many of them recipes.

Please tell me your system or any ideas you may have.
posted by hazyspring to Technology (16 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
 
delicious could work for you.
posted by royalsong at 8:22 AM on October 8, 2011


I add stuff I want to read later into Instapaper, and everything else into Pinboard - I also have Instapaper send everything to Pinboard so I've got one place where I can find everything.
posted by influx at 8:23 AM on October 8, 2011


I use Pinboard. If it's something I really want to read and haven't time, I give it a tag of "todo", and I trawl through those periodically reading them and deleting them or retagging them.

I have a big tagging system so I can easily find all my recipes for vegetarian main courses, or for soups or starters.
posted by emilyw at 8:31 AM on October 8, 2011


Diigo. I use chrome to browse and there is a nice Diigo extension.
posted by adorap0621 at 8:35 AM on October 8, 2011


I save them in Google Reader itself. Under Reader Settings > Goodies, there's a Note in Reader link. It's really just a bookmarklet and can be saved as a regular link or placed on your bookmarks bar for easy access.

While viewing a page you want to save, click that link. If the article is within Google Reader, click the Share with note link at the bottom of the article. Then to read your saved articles, click Notes under Your stuff on the left.
posted by davcoo at 8:38 AM on October 8, 2011


I used to use (and loved!) delicious, but when they were getting shut down I switched to Google Bookmarks. Delicious is back now but I'm sticking with GB.
posted by pwb503 at 8:39 AM on October 8, 2011


The most recent version of Safari has a "reading list" sidebar that I can add things to and then go back and read later. It's also easily hidden if you don't want it crowding your browser.
posted by pised at 8:56 AM on October 8, 2011


I use Pinboard for stuff I might want to reference again, and bookmarks for things I need short-term but will be happy to dump every month or so - so, train websites for travel, hotel details, events I need to book for, etc.

In theory, I've Instapaper and EverNote and should be adding to them, but I find throwing it all onto Pinboard and being ok with letting myself forget the rest is the best system for me.
posted by carbide at 9:02 AM on October 8, 2011


I e-mail a link to the article to myself in Gmail, adding a '+saved' identifier to my e-mail address (thus, me+saved@gmail.com) with a filter set to tag all items from that address under "Saved." I make sure to include a decent description with the link (or even paste the whole article below the link) and put at least a few keywords in the subject line that I believe I'd use when searching for the item. This way, I can either browse my items tagged "Saved" when I have free time, or I can easily find the item using Gmail search if I find myself thinking, "what was that great article about such-and-such I remember from a while back?" Of course, you could create different identifiers and tags for your subjects like +recipe, +music, etc. Anyway, I find this works great for me. I do use this mainly for things I want to reference later like "how to" articles or reviews of new electronics products I might want to buy someday ... for articles I want to read later I use Instapaper.
posted by General Zubon at 9:12 AM on October 8, 2011 [3 favorites]


I save things to Evernote. I love Evernote for recipes, because it's so easy to pull notes up on my smartphone so I can check a recipe while inside the grocery store. I do the same with articles I want to save and/or read later.
posted by ambrosia at 9:19 AM on October 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


I save things to Evernote. I love Evernote for recipes, because it's so easy to pull notes up on my smartphone so I can check a recipe while inside the grocery store. I do the same with articles I want to save and/or read later.


I do that as well. I also use a task on iftt that copies every article I star in Google Reader. I have those placed into there own notebook, which is Evernote's way of compartmentalizing items. I combine that with the evernote web clipper add on for chrome.
posted by zabuni at 9:55 AM on October 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm going to try out Pinboard, primarily because of the integration with twitter and google reader.
posted by hazyspring at 12:14 PM on October 8, 2011


Read it Later. Plus ifttt tasks to send YouTube & Vimeo favorites to Read it Later.
posted by univac at 12:21 PM on October 8, 2011


Another vote for pinboard btw. Just switched from being long-term delicious user after I got fed up with the mess they've made of it.
posted by crocomancer at 12:31 PM on October 8, 2011


ImIf This Then That to record what I do to Evernote and Tumblr:
  • When I star a link in Google Reader, it saves the page in Evernote and adds the page to Instapaper.
  • When I share a link in GR, it posts to my tumblr (including any notes I made).
  • When I tweet or favorite a tweet, it posts to my tumblr.
  • If I add something to my pinboard, it posts to my tumblr.
  • If I "save" a post in reddit, it posts to my tumblr.
  • If I post to Flickr or Instagram, it posts to my tumblr.
  • If I save a YouTube video to my favorites, it posts to my tumblr.
ifttt is a great way to automate these actions.
posted by eafarris at 5:03 PM on October 8, 2011 [7 favorites]


Follow up: I've moved everything over to Pinboard and it works much better for me than delicious ever did. I only used delicious prior to it getting shut down and reopened, but I'm really happy with Pinboard because it integrates really nicely to Twitter and Instapaper, and decently with Google Reader.
posted by hazyspring at 10:09 AM on October 9, 2011


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